• March 17, 2020 - Lesson Plans

    Important Information for Distance Learning:

    1.  All Special Class lessons can be found by visiting the Butler Homepage.

    • There is a LINK in the NEWS FROM BUTLER section titled: Specialist Distance Learning Links.
    • Your child should complete any work/activity for the special they have on the given day.
      • Monday - Gym
      • Tuesday - Art
      • Wednesday - QUEST
      • Thursday - Library
      • Friday - Music

    2. Distance Learning WILL BE reinforcing secure skills.  I will NOT be introducing new concepts.

    3. Students are NOT graded and/or penalized if assignments are not completed.

    4.  Feedback WILL BE given. Suggested ways to receive feedback are:  Email Me or use Seesaw to share photos, videos, and/or any messages. 

    5. I will be relying on Seesaw to help us stay connected.  I will be posting videos DAILY to say hello and to share other important information.



    Math-DAY #1:

    Overview:  Prime Numbers / Composite Numbers / Factors / Multiples

    Estimated Time: Approximately 45 minutes

    Explanation:  Today you will create a set of number cards.  You will also review prime and composite numbers, as well as complete activities using your knowledge of factors and multiples. 

    Things to know:

    • The following definitions can be used while completing the tasks for today.
      • prime number – A prime number has only two different factors, 1 and itself.
      • composite number – A composite number has more than 2 different factors.
      • factor – 12 can be divided exactly by 2. So, 2 is a factor of 12.
      • multiple – A multiple of a number is the product of the number and any other whole number except zero.
    • If you do not have the supplied worksheets for this day, it is fine to create your own based off the supplied worksheets.


    1. Complete the Math Packet that is in your Red Distance Learning Folder for Monday and Tuesday.  Please check your answers using the Answer Key packet.
    2. Create a set of number cards.
      • These cards will be used for various activities, so save them from day to day.
      • As a suggestion, you could use 10 index cards, 10 post it notes, or even 10 sheets of similarly sized paper to make your number cards.
      • Place one digit on each card (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
    3. Prime/Composite: (See Seesaw - Activities Tab for worksheets to complete these tasks)
      • Shuffle your set of number cards.
        • Flip over one card at a time.
        • Determine if the number on the card is a prime number of a composite number.
      • Complete the PRIME/COMPOSITE T-Chart worksheet page.  
        • You may develop numbers on your own or use your number cards to create number to sort into each category.
      • Factors:  
        • Locate 5 numbers in your house. Each number must be a two digit number.  Fill in the Factors Chart for all 5 numbers. 
      • Multiples:
        • Complete the Multiples worksheet by writing the next multiples of a chosen number.

     Method of Communication/Assignment Turned into Mrs. Halpin:

    •  At the END of the week, you will go onto TEAMS and complete a Math Reflection Sheet and answer the following three questions.
      • Name TWO things you learned this week.
      • Name ONE GLOW for the week.
      • Name ONE GROW for the week.  


    Reading - Day #1:

    Overview:  Read Aloud: The Honest Truth / Night of the Twisters

    Estimated Time: Approximately 90 minutes 

    Explanation:  Today you will be listening to the book The Honest Truth and begin the book Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman.

     Things to know:

    • Use this link: Read Aloud - The Honest Truth to listen to Chapters 4 and 4.5 of The Honest Truth.
    • In your Red Distance Learning Folder, you will need the Night of the Twisters packet
    • Use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yj9bGZl-8s to build background knowledge on the Grand Island, Nebraska 1980 tornado aftermath which is the event in history this book is based on.  


    1. Listen to the book The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
      • Chapters 4 and 4.5
    2. In your Night of the Twisters packet you will be completing pages 1-5.
      • Complete K-W-L Chart on packet p. 1 about Tornadoes
        • Under K (Know)-Write 3 things you know.
        • Under W (What I Want to know)-Write 3 things you want to know.
        • Under L (What I Learned)-Write 3 things you learned AFTER reading the article "The Grand Island Tornadoes" on pp. 2-4.
      • In Night of the Twisters packet, read pages 2-4 about “The Grand Island Tornadoes”
        • While reading, highlight and/or underline important information to help build background knowledge about this event in history.
      • On packet p. 5, you will write ONE or TWO question(s) you have BEFORE reading Night of the Twisters.
    3. Independent Reading Time
      • Choose a chapter book and read for 20-30 minutes.

     Method of Communication / Assignment Turned in to Mrs. Halpin:

    • At the END of the week, you will go onto TEAMS and complete a Reading Reflection Sheet and answer the following three questions.
      1. Name TWO things you learned this week.
      2. Name ONE GLOW for the week.
      3. Name ONE GROW for the week  

     Writing - Day #1:

    Overview:  Subject-Verb Agreement / 5th Grade Spring Reflection PowerPoint

    Estimated Time: Approximately 45 minutes

    Explanation:  Today you will be focusing on subject-verb agreement and completing a PowerPoint to reflect on what you have accomplished in 5th grade.  Day 1 of 3. 

    Things to know:

    • The following vocabulary can be used while completing the tasks for today.
      • Subject: the noun in the sentence
      • Verb: the action in the sentence
    • One basic rule of writing sentences is that the subject and verb must “agree.”
    • Subject-verb agreement means that if the subject of a sentence is singular, the verb must be singular, too; if the subject is plural, the verb must be plural.


    1. Complete Grammar Packet p. 1 and 2 that is in your Red Distance Learning Folder
    2. Day 1 of 3 of Spring Reflection PowerPoint
      • Create a Spring Reflection PowerPoint using TEAMS through Office 365 
      • You will go onto the Halpin Homeroom Team and find the Spring Reflection PowerPoint Assignment
      • You will open the PowerPoint by clicking on the three dots to the right of the assignment. Then scroll down to 'Open in PowerPoint'. 
      • Complete the sentence starters on each page of the PowerPoint. Total of eight pages.

    Method of Communication / Assignment Turned in to Mrs. Halpin:

    • I will view your completed Spring Reflection PowerPoint on TEAMS by Thursday, March 19th.  


    SCIENCE - DAY #1:

    Overview:  Identifying types of energy

    Estimated Time: Approximately 30 minutes

    Explanation:  Today you will be using and idenityfing different forms of energy around your house.  The types of energy and their uses will be tracked on an Energy Log. 

    Things to know:

    • The following vocabulary can be used while completing the tasks for today.
      • Motion energy
      • Electrical energy
      • Gravitational energy
      • Elastic energy
      • Chemical energy
      • Heat energy
      • Light energy
      • Sound energy
    • Find the Energy Log on Seesaw, create your own, or use the log below!


    1. Complete the Energy Log on Seesaw or use the log below.  If you choose to use Seesaw, click on the "Activities" tab.  Read the Activity.  Click the GREEN + to add your response.*  
      • Think about the ways you rely on energy every day. Focus on these questions:
        • How did you use energy to make breakfast/lunch/dinner?
        • To complete homework?
        • To take a shower?
        • To go to and from places?
      • Use the table below to keep track of each of the different ways you use energy throughout your day. Record the time you used the energy, the form of energy, and how it was used. Challenge: Try to use and track ALL 8 types of energy!

     Method of Communication/Assignment turned into Mrs. Halpin:  

    • Complete the assignment on Seesaw or take a picture of the log you created and post it to your journal on Seesaw.


     Energy Chart